I remember years ago watching on cable TV a football game being played inside an empty stadium. The score was 0-0 after three quarters. The commentators were a couple of washed-up jocks, and the sponsors were selling beer, fast food and boner pills.
Today CNN is recreating a similar scenario with blanket coverage of Rev. Jerry Jones, shepherd of the 50 or so saps comprising the Dove Outreach Center in Gainesville, FL, threatening to burn Korans tomorrow--the anniversary of 9/11.
But wait! It appears he's calling it off after scoring a meeting with a big-shot imam in New York to discuss relocating the proposed mosque further from the World Trade Center site.
Hold on. CNN is now reporting the imam denies any such agreement. Jones says the book burning is back on.
Toss onto this growing pile of crap reports that the Obama Administration, including the President himself, has been on the phone negotiating with Jones to call off the bonfire. An Arabic cable news network will air the spectacle to the Muslim world, potentially infuriating a hordes of self-appointed Saladins to burn flags or worse--shove a bomb up their ass before boarding a U.S.-bound jet.
Bill Maher couldn't write a better sequel to "Religulous." Instead of anointing Billy Joe Bible spokesman for American Christians, shouldn't the Imam be talking with the Archbishop of New York? For that matter, wouldn't it be a nice idea for leaders from the main faiths--Christianity (Catholic and Protestant), Judaism and Islam met to compare notes on current events and bridge building? Heck, invite Buddhist monks, too. But we better put Samoan bouncers at the door to turn away whackos.
As for the Mosque--instead of telling Muslims what they can't do in an otherwise free society, we ought to also finance a cathedral and a synagogue inside the same area. In addition to providing jobs under Obama's Economic Recovery Act, humanity would be wisely hedging our Eternal bets, as well as honoring the Christians, Jews, Muslims, and athiests who died in the WTC because demons acted on behalf of their god.
If we are going to pit our brothers against each other lets do it in a controlled environment where people will want to buy a few tickets--or beer, burgers and Viagra.